The departure of an associate physician from a practice sometimes causes operational disruption and always requires the practice and the departing associate to take steps to ensure a smooth transition. Both the associate and practice need to address the ethical, regulatory, contractual, managed care, and liability impact of the exit.
Understandably, no one is happy to hear that he or she is the subject of a license investigation by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). However, as with any other worrisome situation, lack of knowledge about the process causes much of the trauma. There can be long blocks of time during which the licensee hears nothing, which in itself is very unnerving. Knowing what procedures to expect, together with careful handling of the case, can ease the stress considerably.
Illinois licensed physicians are included in a list of “mandated reporters” who must notify the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) when they have reasonable cause to believe that a child may be abused or neglected. All mandated reporters, including physicians, must now complete DCFS mandated reporter training under a recent amendment to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, effective January 1, 2020.[i]